Tata has just officially opened the bookings for their new flagship SUV, the Safari. The booking amount has been set-up at Rs. 30,000 and the dealerships have started accepting the booking. The launch of the SUV is scheduled for 22nd February and the deliveries will also start from the very same day. The Safari is currently on display and is available for a test drive across Tata’s dealership network. Safari will be offered in six variants and three colour schemes. It will be offered only with a diesel engine with manual and automatic transmissions.
Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, ‘The new Safari has received a great response especially with respect to its premium design and outstanding comfort in all 3 rows of seats during the preview drives by our media friends. We are gearing up in full power to launch our iconic brand in this new avatar. Starting today, Safari is available for display, test drive and bookings across our network. We are confident that the Safari will instill a feeling of power, prestige and excitement to our customers.”
The 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine in the Safari is the same as the Harrier. The engine produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The 6 variants are XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, and XZ+. All the variants are offered with a manual gearbox but only the XM and the XZ variants are offered with an automatic transmission.
Tata is offering quite a bit of safety equipment as standard. So, you get rear disc brakes, dual front airbags, rollover mitigation, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, brake disc wiping, cornering stability control, ESP, traction control and hill hold assist as standard. The interior is finished in the dual-tone theme of white and black, leather upholstery, door pad inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob which gives Safari a more up-market feel. Tata also offers captain chairs for the second-row in the top-spec XZ+ variant. The interior features include a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, cruise control, ambient lighting, driving modes, namely Eco, City and Sports, rear parking camera, 7-inch TFT digital instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer and a lot more.
The 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and is connected to 9-speaker system with an amplifier and a subwoofer sourced from JBL. There is also iRA connected car technology, push-button to start/stop, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror. There is also a boss mode which moves the front passenger seat forward from the rear. On the higher variants, you also get an electronic parking brake and terrain response system with three modes, namely Normal, Rough and Wet. The size of the alloy wheels has also been increased for the Safari and it gets 18-inch alloy wheels. Tata Safari competes with the likes of MG HectorPlus and the upcoming Mahindra XUV500.